Now boss for top Durban hospital

2016-02-10 13:53

Durban – The renowned Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban is set to have a new CEO by next week, the department of health announced on Wednesday.

In a press briefing, Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo introduced Dr Thandeka Khanyile, who is set to take over the running of the department's flagship hospital on Monday.

Khanyile said she felt positive about her appointment.

"I am excited to lead here. I would like to focus on accessibility of the hospital as a central resource," she said.

"This is a well-run hospital. My main focus when I take over will be to ensure the resources are properly directed and utilised.

"I want to also focus on accessibility of this facility to other hospitals and ensure we help the public as best we can."

Khanyile came with a wealth of experience and even a military medical background, Dhlomo said.

"She is well-known to us in the department and has great experience. She was the chief operations officer at Ngwelezane Provincial Hospital.

"She served many hospitals in the SA National Defence Force as well. We are very excited to recruit her."

The MEC cautioned Khanyile that the position was a big responsibility, but one he was sure she would be able to meet.

Dhlomo said Khanyile held a number of degrees from various universities, including Medunsa, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Free State and the College of Medicines.

"As the new CEO, she is tasked with planning, directing and managing efficiency and delivery of clinical and administrative support services. She is also to provide strategic leadership to improve operational efficiency."

Dhlomo also announced the appointment of Dr Lindiwe Simelane as the deputy director general for specialised services and clinical support and Dr Simphiwe Mndaweni as the deputy director general for the district health services.

"As you can see we are pro-women," he joked. "But this was not intentional. They just happened to be the best candidates for the positions."

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